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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1998
  • pp: 1704–1706

Spatial and temporal filtering of a 10-W Nd:YAG laser with a Fabry--Perot ring-cavity premode cleaner

B. Willke, N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, R. L. Byer, P. J. King, S. U. Seel, and R. L. Savage, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 21, pp. 1704-1706 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.001704


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Abstract

We report on the use of a fixed-spacer Fabry–Perot ring cavity to filter spatially and temporally a 10-W laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG master-oscillator power amplifier. The spatial filtering leads to a 7.6-W TEM 00 beam with 0.1% higher-order transverse mode content. The temporal filtering reduces the relative power fluctuations at 10 MHz to 2.8×10-9/√Hz, which is 1 dB above the shot-noise limit for 50 mA of detected photocurrent.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(330.6790) Vision, color, and visual optics : Temporal discrimination

Citation
B. Willke, N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, R. L. Byer, P. J. King, S. U. Seel, and R. L. Savage, Jr., "Spatial and temporal filtering of a 10-W Nd:YAG laser with a Fabry--Perot ring-cavity premode cleaner," Opt. Lett. 23, 1704-1706 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-21-1704


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